Michelle Walker, Director of Michelle Walker Architects promotes the
concept of smart home design, offering contemporary solutions for new and
existing homes across Sydney.
Michelle understands the importance of the home and how it can enhance
the day-to-day life of a family. She pursues her passion for architecture by
designing beautiful and practical homes for other families.
Michelle completed an honours degree in architecture at the University
of Sydney and started her professional career as a graduate architect with Alex
Tzannes and Associates where she worked on a number of high calibre projects
including the Adaptive Re-Use of Fort Denison and the Michael Mobbs Sustainable
House. She attributes her personal development as an architect to the calibre
of work and mentoring received at the firm.
Following a further period working in London, in 1999 Michelle
registered with the NSW Board of Architects before taking on a Development
Manager role with Mirvac in its Development Division - NSW Projects. At Mirvac
Michelle worked on the Walsh Bay Redevelopment, a joint venture between Mirvac
Michelle returned to architecture in 2005, taking on the role of a
project architect in a residential architecture firm in Manly. She followed
this up with setting up her own architecture practice in 2007.
A boutique practice with a focus on residential architecture, creating
architecture interiors and outdoor spaces that enhance new and existing homes, Michelle
Walker Architects is based at a collaborative architects’ office in Balgowlah
in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Michelle has taken on a variety of projects
including renovations, extensions and new builds in Sydney's Northern Beaches,
Eastern Suburbs and North Shore.
Some of her significant projects include the Butterfly House in
Paddington, which was a finalist in the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards and a winner
in the 2013 Best of Houzz awards, The Roseville Pavilion and the recent
renovation of her own home on the Northern Beaches.
Michelle Walker Architects has also entered the multi-residential market
with the completion of a Fairlight house converted into apartments and an
addition to an existing apartment block in Queenscliff on the drawing board.
In an industry where nationally only 20 per cent of all registered
architects are female, Michelle is driven to forge her way as a female
architect while enjoying working with other women architects as well as clients
who are also professional women with families.
She concludes by saying that a good client relationship and
collaborative approach are key to creating home spaces that feel right.